We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The US, unlike Canada and (mostly) in the UK, will never criminalize private medicine because who could imagine the Lefty Hollywooders and the Lefty Wall Streeters waiting in lines in grungy government clinics or waiting six months for an MRI?
Not to mention the little-noticed detail that federal employees are exempt from Obamacare. I wonder why.
In fact the previous Labour Government had already begun to introduce some privatization.
There has always been the private option here in Britain. Back in the 1970s the Unions fought against it. In the 1980s Mrs Thatcher encouraged employer health insurance and privatized dentistry (jeopardizing Britain's world class reputation in this field of medical science).
One nasty element here: If your doctor prescribes a medicine and your Local Health Trust says they can't afford it, if you pay for it yourself all your free medical care will be withdrawn. I think one of your comedians, Tina Fey maybe, did a sketch about this, but you all thought it was a little far-fetched.
Actually Kath it's more the other way around. Everyone uses a NHS doctor for general health, but the wealthy and the minority of the insured can consult a NHS surgeon privately.
So critics of private medicine in Britain have a point. The wealthy and insured are operated on in a public facility by a surgeon whose education was subsidized or perhaps paid for entirely by the public purse.
The advantage the wealthy and insured enjoy is not the quality of the care but the speed with which it is delivered. Socialized medicine has to be rationed and in Britain it's rationed by waiting lists. Mostly the waiting lists are for chronic conditions, such as hip replacements, but in some cases the wait for surgery can be the difference between life and death.
One would almost think that the lawyers that generated over 2700 pages of the OtaxCare bill had been preparing for this takeover of our health care system for a long time. The level of detail is incredible and I don't think any one person really understands it even now!
I worked in a Romanian health clinic on three separate short-term missions in the 90's. (Make that two. One trip I did mostly other things.) It looked like something out of a B&W movie, and the equipment was of the same period.
When the American doctors and nurses came to town, the lines were long.
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